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Proverbs 14 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wisdom builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. 1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
2 He who walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but he who is devious in his ways despises him. 2 He whose walk is upright fears the LORD, but he whose ways are devious despises him.
3 The talk of a fool is a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them. 3 A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.
4 Where there are no oxen, there is no grain; but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
5 A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. 5 A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.
7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge. 7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
8 The wisdom of a prudent man is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
9 God scorns the wicked, but the upright enjoy his favor. 9 Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy. 10 Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
13 Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is grief. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.
14 A perverse man will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man with the fruit of his deeds. 14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.
15 The simple believes everything, but the prudent looks where he is going. 15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool throws off restraint and is careless. 16 A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.
17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly, but a man of discretion is patient. 17 A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
18 The simple acquire folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 19 Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends. 20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
21 He who despises his neighbor is a sinner, but happy is he who is kind to the poor. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
22 Do they not err that devise evil? Those who devise good meet loyalty and faithfulness. 22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to want. 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their wisdom, but folly is the garland of fools. 24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.
25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who utters lies is a betrayer. 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.
26 In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. 26 He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined. 28 A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.
29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. 29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
30 A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh, but passion makes the bones rot. 30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
31 He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors him. 31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
32 The wicked is overthrown through his evil-doing, but the righteous finds refuge through his integrity. 32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
33 Wisdom abides in the mind of a man of understanding, but it is not known in the heart of fools. 33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35 A servant who deals wisely has the king's favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully. 35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.